Excerpt from The Universalist Manual: Or Book of Prayers and Other Religious Exercises; Adapted to the Use Both of Public and Private Devotion in Churches, Sunday Schools, and Families
That the public worship of God is a duty incum bent on all men, is universally admitted at least, by all who acknowledge His existence as the intelligent and wise Creator and Governor of the world. Hence, in some form, religious worship has been practised'among all nations: often, indeed, very ig norantly, with absurd and barbarous rites and cere monies; and often, also, not much less ignorantly, even under the light of Divine revelation. To such, the language of our Saviour to the woman at Ja cob's well, in reference to the religious devotions of the Samaritans, might perhaps be justly applied Ye worship ye know not what or the similar sentiment expressed by St. Paul to the idolatrous Athenians, when he charged them with ignorantly worshipping an unknown God.
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